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    Marathon Racers for touring?

    Anyone uses Marathon Racers for touring? Or is it too crazy of an idea? I use them for commuting outside of winter, but I wonder if they would be suitable for touring (paved roads, some dirt roads, very occasional "recreational" paths). The sidewalls are thin and light, and I wonder how they would handle stuff like gravel, some stones and roots. Real life experiences?

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    problem is glass splinters, maybe use it for a front tire but I'd prefer anyone of a number of other tires for puncture resistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micheal Blue View Post
    Anyone uses Marathon Racers for touring? Or is it too crazy of an idea? I use them for commuting outside of winter, but I wonder if they would be suitable for touring (paved roads, some dirt roads, very occasional "recreational" paths). The sidewalls are thin and light, and I wonder how they would handle stuff like gravel, some stones and roots. Real life experiences?
    Don't Do It.
    I started a tour NY to LA on the tires. Average 260 miles per flat, untill I took them off. 700 X 32 Marathon Racers tires.
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    Yeah, I started a tour with Marathon Racers too, made it from Alberta to southern California but got quite a few flats along the way... Switched to XRs and went thousands and thousands more kms before the next flat. Sadly, I don't think you can find many of those around anymore... Definitely wasn't super impressed with the Racers.

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    The Racers wear out pretty quick. But so do the Supremes. Fortunately, I have a 5 year stockpile of XR's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclesafe View Post
    The Racers wear out pretty quick. But so do the Supremes. Fortunately, I have a 5 year stockpile of XR's.
    The new Marathon Mondial is supposed to be the successor to the XR. Haven't had a chance to try them yet.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Marathon Racers came stock on my Cannondale t1. I have just about worn out the rear tire and have purchased a new one to put on. I've only had one flat.
    Now that I've said it, the flat gremlins will pursue me with a vengance.

    From what the others have said, I must be lucky, or something.
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    I nearly bought a pair last summer, but ended up going with reg msrathons. In my case, I went for the deeper tread and tougher construction as the weight gain wasn't a factor given that I nearly always ride with a pannier of stuff, or two panniers full of stuff, so a few hundred grams diff is nothing. Plus I ride my other bike when I want to go faster.
    That said, I've ridden on dirt roads and over roots etc with 28 slicks, but a tougher tire is usually a better idea if you specifically plan to ride on rough stuff with a load--that's my take on it anyway, good luck with your choice.

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